Unison Newsletter Issue #100

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Successful lobbying 倡議成果

Hong Kong Unison is pleased to report that the Education Bureau (EDB) will increase the accountability and transparency of additional funding to schools for non-Chinese speaking (NCS) students after our continuous lobbying. Starting from the 2021/22 school year, schools are required to provide a bilingual summary in both Chinese and English, explaining how they have supported NCS students’ learning of Chinese and created an inclusive learning environment in the schools in the preceding school year, and the summary shall be uploaded to their school webpages for parents’ reference. 

At every opportunity, Hong Kong Unison emphasized to the EDB the importance of enhancing the professional capability for supporting NCS students. Under the new funding arrangements, teachers are encouraged to participate in professional development activities and school-based support services related to supporting NCS students so as to enhance their professional capability for teaching NCS students and their cultural and religious sensitivity in taking care of NCS students. Hong Kong Unison hopes, however, that this eventually becomes  a mandatory requirement rather than a choice.



2020/21 Scholarships Announcement

Hong Kong Unison is proud to announce the recipients of the Tertiary Education Scholarships and the Chinese Performance Scholarships. We are awarding 26 ethnic minority youths for the Tertiary Education Scholarship and 13 ethnic minority youths for the Chinese Performance Scholarship. This year we had a combined record high of 120 applications. We thank our generous donors for the invaluable sponsorships and the Scholarship Selection Committee for their dedication and relentless efforts in the selection process. 


UN Regional Forum on Hate Speech  

Hong Kong Unison participated in the United Nations Asia-Pacific Regional Forum on Hate Speech, Social Media and Minorities that was held online on 19 and 20 October and our Vice Chair Ms. Puja Kapai was an invited panelist. Unison and Ms. Kapai’s recommendations to address online hate speech were adopted by the Regional Forum to be considered at the UN Human Rights Council 13th Session Forum on Minority Issues, which include: (i) social media companies should have policies in place in relation to submitting IP addresses to human rights institutions and/or police regarding online racist hate speech; (ii) establish a cross-sectoral, multidisciplinary consultative body to develop a Code of Conduct for Regulation of Hate Speech; and (iii) establish a register for the reception of complaints and data pertaining to hate speech and violence against minorities. 


Thank You Renaissance College  鳴謝啟新書院籌款

Thank you to ESF Renaissance College Hong Kong’s BIG support in fundraising for Hong Kong Unison through their Virtual International Evening 2020. International Evening is an annual tradition at Renaissance College where they showcase multi-cultural talents. This year, they geared up with all ESF schools to celebrate cultural diversity and international mindedness in a new virtual format. The event was held on the evening of 8 October, and with their great efforts and support, they fundraised $23,000 to continue support Hong Kong Unison’s work. A sincere appreciation to everyone who contributed. 


The Plight of Ethnic Minorities

Hong Kong Unison was one of three panelists at Asia Society’s Inclusivity in Hong Kong: The Plight of Ethnic Minorities on 22 October, where Unison discussed about the institutional racism faced by grassroots ethnic minority children in education and how, besides policy change, an open mind to embrace and respect racial diversity is important for an inclusive society. To watch the webinar, please click

香港融樂會於十月二十二日擔任亞洲協會舉辦之講座的主講嘉賓,講座題為 "Inclusivity in Hong Kong: The Plight of Ethnic Minorities"。我們討論少數族裔草根兒童在教育上面對的制度性種族歧視;及擁抱和尊重種族多元對創建包容社會的重要性。重溫請連接

Freezing of Minimum Wage  關注凍結最低工資

Sources say the Minimum Wage Commision failed to reach a consensus to increase the statutory minimum wage this year and it will likely remain at HKD37.50 per hour for another two years starting May 2021. Hong Kong Unison is concerned about the freeze and the disproportionate impact on the city’s grassroots ethnic minority communities. Please click:

最近有消息指出,最低工資委員會無法就兩年一度的法定最低工資水平檢討達成共識,多數委員傾向明年五月一日凍結現行最低工資水平,維持時薪 37.5元。香港融樂會對此表示關注,同時重申,凍結最低工資對基層少數族裔衝擊尤大,我們反對凍結最低工資。請連接凍結最低工資與少數族裔貧窮

Difficulties on House Rental  

Hong Kong Refugee Ministry Group and Hong Kong Unison held a press conference on October 5 to release the findings of the “Survey on Ethnic Minorities and Asylum Seekers in Seeking Private Accommodation Rentals”. 90% respondents mentioned that they faced difficulties while looking for accommodation, and more than half perceived ethnicity and/or nationality to be the main reasons for refusal of rentals. Hong Kong Unison urged the Equal Opportunity Commission to take a proactive role in eradicating discrimination in the everyday lives of ethnic minorities. 

Hong Kong Refugee Ministry Group 聯同香港融樂會在十月五日召開記者招待會,發表報告。報告主題為少數族裔居民和尋求庇護人士在本地租屋時所面對的困難。立法會議員與三位個案亦有出席是次活動。研究發現,有超過90%的少數族裔在租屋時有困難,而當中過半者認為原因與其族裔及國籍有關。我們呼籲平等機會委員會應在根除種族歧視方面擔當更積極的角色。

CV Workshops  履歷工作坊  

On 22 and 29 October, HandsOn Hong Kong, Moody’s and Hong Kong Unison organized a 2-part webinar for our new batch of scholarship awardees on CV writing and LinkedIn profile. The first webinar focused on practical tips to polish CVs’ content and tone and the use of LinkedIn. The second webinar paired the scholarship awardees and Moody’s volunteers to review the improvements the youth did on their CVs and LinkedIn profiles. The participants found the webinars beneficial.   

HandsOn Hong Kong、穆迪及香港融樂會在十月二十二日及二十九日,為本屆獎學金得主舉辦了一個撰寫履歷表及LinkedIn 個人檔案的網上工作坊。工作坊分成兩部分,前半部分聚焦在個人履歷表及LinkedIn檔案的撰寫技巧、內容潤飾;後半則將穆迪的義工與青年各自配對,檢視他們的學習成果。工作坊結束後,參加者皆感獲益良多。

Public Education Talks  公眾教育講座  

Hong Kong Unison conducted two cultural sensitivity workshops for social work students at the Chinese University and Caritas Institute of Higher Education on 19 and 30 October respectively. The workshops helped break the negative stereotypes of ethnic minorities especially their difficulties in Chinese learning. The social work students became more aware of the root causes of the social issues and the need to include ethnic minority in mainstream social and public services. We also spoke with teachers during a workshop at a primary school on Communications with Ethnic Minority Parents on 29 October. 


Home Visits & Outreach  本月家訪與外展

Hong Kong Unison conducted outreach in Jordon and Sham Shui Po in October. We met ethnic minority parents who were eager to talk to us especially regarding their children`s education and the problems they encountered due to language barrier.  We made four home visits in October to understand the learning needs of ethnic minority children.


We are looking for smart, organized and capable individuals who are passionate about social justice and racial equality. If you fit the description, please reach out to us for internship or volunteering opportunities!

Media Digest 媒體摘要
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American Women's Association
Citi Foundation
Emerging Market Foundation
Dr. K. K. Wong  

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